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Luchador Wrestlers Shine After the Sun Sets

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Luchador wrestlers such as El Angel de la Muerte (above) take pride in their colorful masks. Some design their own. (Photo by Luz Garcia Cubillos)

Editor’s Note: The wrestlers agreed to interviews as long as they could be identified by their wrestling names.

By Luz Garcia Cubillos

Everyone has a passion, that inner motivation that, sometimes, makes people wake up in the morning, or embark on the wildest odysseys.

That is what drives “Los Luchadores Independientes,” a group of Latino pro wrestlers who transform themselves with colorful masks and outfits, and train into all hours of the night to pursue their dream of performing for a few hours in the ring.

When the night falls in Chicago, 17 Mexican wrestlers leave their lives and jobs and adopt secret identities to participate in Lucha Libre wrestling. They meet for training Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m., or on Sunday mornings.

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Interview: Jeff Dickerson of

Jeff Dickerson

Jeff Dickerson of Chicago's ESPN 1000-AM (Courtesy Photo)

Jeff Dickerson has been a Chicago Bears beat reporter for ESPN 1000-AM since 2004, with a Bears blog at since April. He also hosts a weeknight Chicago radio show on ESPN 1000 and helps with Bears coverage for ABC-7 “The Chicago Huddle” show.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Sam Kraft talked with Dickerson about reporting on the Bears in a football-crazed city and how he incorporates social media into his daily coverage.

Audio: Dickerson offers advice for aspiring sports journalists.

Audio: Dickerson talks about what it takes to do his job.

Q&A: Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson

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K.C. Johnson covered the 2008 Olympics for the Tribune.
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The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson started at the ground floor of the Internet age of journalism. Johnson, a former basketball player at Beloit College, moved from covering high school sports to becoming the Tribune’s first full-time online sports reporter in 1996, when he covered the 72-10 Bulls team with Michael Jordan.

Since then, Johnson has moved on to cover the Blackhawks, Bears and Bulls for both the print and online editions of the Tribune. He also covered U.S. men’s basketball team’s gold-medal run at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Camelia Rodriguez interviewed Johnson about how technology has changed sports journalism in the past 15 years.

Interview: Rob Peterson, AOL Fanhouse

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Rob Peterson (Courtesy Photo)

As a sports columnist for AOL Fanhouse, Rob Peterson writes a funny, offbeat blog about the NBA.

A former newspaper reporter, Peterson developed online skills as a graduate student at Northwestern University in 1995 and has worked for FOX Sports and before joining AOL earlier this year.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Jake Scott interviewed Peterson about his career, his columns and the insights he shares on his Twitter account.

Q&A: Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles Times

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Chris Dufresne (Courtesy Photo)

Chris Dufresne covers the national college football beat for the Los Angeles Times. He’s has written about the NFL, skiing and dozens of other sports since the 1980s.

Dufresne talked with ChicagoStorytelling’s Nico Hagopian about his willingness to embrace changes in the newspaper industry during his 28-year career, including the launch of his Twitter account.

Video: Chicagoans React to 2016 Olympic Defeat

The crowd at Daley Plaza quickly fell quiet when Chicago was eliminated. (Photo by Caitlin Hacker)

The crowd at Daley Plaza quickly fell quiet when Chicago was eliminated. (Photo by Caitlin Hacker)

ChicagoStorytelling’s Forrest Davis and Katie Karpowicz interviewed people at Daley Plaza Friday about the city’s stunning first-round elimination in the 2016 Olympic bid decision by the International Olympic Committee.

Rio de Janeiro, the favorite to win the bid, defeated Madrid, 66-32, in the final round of voting by the IOC. Tokyo, the other of the four finalists, was eliminated in the second round.

Chicago’s early exit left many observers surprised, considering President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey played key roles on the bid team.

Rio’s win marks the first time an Olympic Games will be held in South America.

Watch more videos on the Chicago Storytelling YouTube Channel.

Slideshow: 2016 Olympic Event at Daley Plaza

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Daley Plaza reaction after the 2016 Olympic announcement. (Photo by Poppy Peterson)

ChicagoStorytelling’s Poppy Peterson, Jake Scott, Forrest Davis, Caitlin Hacker and Kevin Dempsey shot photos of the scene at Daley Plaza on Friday morning as Chicagoans reacted to the city’s early exit from the 2016 Olympic Bid.

Watch their slideshow.